[Baltimore: John Murphy & Co., 1860]. 16pp, disbound and mildly foxed. Trimmed closely at the bottom, shaving portions of final lines on some leaves, hence Good only. Caption title [as issued]. Printed in double columns.
The pamphlet was "issued by the National Democratic Executive Committee." Davis's speech, replying to Douglas, distills the Southern Rights position and illustrates the fatal split that destroyed the Democratic Party in 1860.
Interspersed with Douglas's commentary, Davis meticulously explains his disagreement with the Popular Sovereignty doctrine to which Douglas and other Northern Democrats clung. The national government has a duty to protect slave property in the Territories, he says, regardless of territorial inhabitants' preferences. The Democrats were unable to unite on a presidential candidate in 1860. Douglas ran for the Northern Democracy; Breckinridge, Buchanan's Vice President, for Southern Democrats and Buchanan loyalists.
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